“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) This was true for me this week. I made plans but God directed my steps in another direction. With the New Year came a new round of sickness. My husband and one of my children got a stomach bug (while the rest of us faced off with a sore throat). With the “threat” of the stomach bug sweeping through the house, nobody was in the mood for starting school on Monday.
I couldn’t blame them either. After two weeks of sickness in December, followed by two weeks of Christmas vacation, even I was having a hard time mentally preparing for school to start back up. Then our sunny Southern California town was hit with a week of storms that kept most of us wide-eyed at the window as our yard turned into a small pond.
I had hopes of making progress on our school work this week. There’s a since of urgency to get as much done as possible before the baby arrives in late March or early April. I spent much of Monday frustrated over the lack of work we got accomplished which was a short history lesson and review of our memory verses. I soon realized that while God wants me to be prepared for the job of educating my children, He also wants me to be content when He changes the course of our day.
I eventually let go of my homeschool plans for this week and was amazed at all that God had ordained for us that no amount of lesson planning could have ever created. There were hours upon hours spent enjoying time with each other. My house was filled with endless activities that included baking, sewing, drawing and playing games together.
Books, that usually collect dust on my shelves, were taken down and flipped through and read aloud. Siblings curled up on the couch, in bed and even under the table to talk about life and the rain and utter nonsense. The piano was played, forts were built, imaginations were stirred, bean bags were thrown, Lego creations were constructed and google searches answered questions that would never have been pondered without the elimination of school work and the gift of free time.
While we found time for a few history and Bible lessons this week, the real learning happened while enjoying one another. I’m sure thankful that God directs my steps.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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